Some Thoughts on Timing and Magic

Posted on October 15, 2012
Filed Under Magic, Taylor Ellwood, time magic | 2 Comments

The most recent lesson from the strategic sorcery discusses timing and magic. It’s focus on timing has more to do with the time of day or planetary cycle or moon cycle than how I approach timing. I’ve never found traditional timing in magic to be all that relevant or necessary to magical work. When people say to wait for a waning or waxing moon to do a type of magic, I say do it regardless of when the moon is waxing or waning. If you’re doing it right, it should work anyway. When someone says to wait for a specific day or time of day to do a type of magic I say that they are over thinking it and that if you’re doing it right, it ought to work without having to factor those kinds of conditions. I look at that kind of timing as a window dressing of magic. In other words, its not essential to performing successful magic.

Now I get that this traditional kind of timing has been used for a long time in magical work and that some magicians can arguably point to how using such timing has helped them pull off some successful magic, because they’ve been able to harness sympathetic energy/forces to enhance the momentum of their magical work. It might even be argued that doing magical work at the wrong time of day increases resistance to the realization of that work. I just don’t buy it as a principle of magic and the reason is that I’ve never found that not adhering to traditional timing to be a bad thing or to stop the effectiveness of my magical work. It seems at best to be an optional aspect of magic, and at worst to be a holdover of more traditional perspectives that obscure the underlying principles of magic. The question boils down to this: Can you consistently get a result regardless of when you do a magical working? If the answer is yes, then is this kind of timing necessary to magical work.

Now when I think of timing and magic, I think of how to time it just right so that the result comes when you need it. Timing for me is more about working with time as a whole, specifically in terms of getting things to happen at just the right time and place. I want a result to occur at a specific moment of time or when a specific condition is fulfilled. That kind of timing is precises, oriented on the understanding that the alignment of specific circumstances calls for specific responses to keep everything running smoothly. Timing as it applies to events and to opportunity is what interests me, because its opportunity which is important to magic. Opportunity defines magic to the extent that in the application of practical magic we are looking for specific opportunities. Timing plays a role in the achievement of those opportunities because for an opportunity to become more than potential you need to be at the right space and time. So when I do practical work, I always factor in timing and space. When and where do I need an opportunity to occur so that I can capitalize on it. Think about that in your own magical work and you’ll find it to be very relevant to the manifestation of possibility into reality.


thesilverspiral 1 Like

The way I look at it, it's there if you want it. If you're choosing to be mindful of and using a stream of energy that is available to you, go for it. I look at this sort of thing as another avenue to add more power to something if required. It takes time and attention to work with correspondences of any sort, and through putting one's time and attention into adding these layers of details, one is putting more of one's energy into the working. When I work with a planetary hour, I take the time to wait until that moment, all the while mentally preparing myself and being mindful of how much time I have left before I need to start.

Magicexperiment moderator 1 Like

@thesilverspiral I see your point and when you frame it that way I agree with it as a useful way for building up energy toward the specific moment you'll do the working.